There was once a very good looking young man knocking on this poor girl's door, her name was Jinna. She was a girl of 19, she had unique brown eyes with a dark shade of blue on the corner of her left eye which made her totally stand out and beautiful black hair that went down to her lower back. This beautiful girl's only flaw was that her family was made of barbarian murderers who kill for money. The handsome man on the other hand was a travelling young wizard from a very far away land asking for shelter. His attire showed the amount of hardships he faced. He had very long hair in a ponytail with a bluish-blackish color, as beautiful in the moonlight as a fairytale, and gorgeous dark-blue eyes that sparkled despite the shabby look he had.
Jinna was a victim of careless parents, all she wanted was for once to feel love and joy, but she never got what she wanted, she was on the verge of losing hope in this world, but he came like a ray of sunshine on such a rainy night where no sun or moon was generous enough to light up her misery. Jinna was totally mesmerized with the guy in front of her and stuttered for a moment, "can I help you?" He looked up at her and noticed the girl standing in front of him, she was very pretty and he was speechless, she was beyond perfect, beyond anything he's ever expected, he took in every single feature she owned, and for the first time ever he wasn't the one to cast a spell on the person standing before him, he almost forgot where he was and what he wanted until he heard her fake a cough.
"Can I trouble you for the night? I'm a wizard travelling all the way from Shiva and wizards are pretty weak against rain. I'm Kleve Ace, I â€Ś" She had her eyes wide open and interrupted him "a ... a ... A WIZARD? YOU CAN'T BE HERE!" she shouted. She then lowered her voice realizing how loud it was and said, "The lord of this land hates wizards the most in this world, he hired my father two days ago to finish the last of them off, you have to leave" "But I have nowhere to go" he barely finished the sentence when a loud banging and crashing sounds were heard from inside the houseâ€Ś Jinna then caught him by the arm and dragged him to the stables while saying "stay here for now my father is drunk and now it looks like he's angry, no one comes near the stables I'm the one responsible for cleaning them, I'll get you some covers and food when I get a chance" she finished her sentence quickly at the stables gate, pushed him in and locked the doors.
Back into her house her father was in a rampage, shouting out how little pay he gets from that greedy landlord and that now there are no more wizards to kill! What is he going to do for a living? He and his two sons were the only people concerned about that, as for Jinna's mom, Jinna and her four sisters they were all glad, they'd rather starve than eat off of killing people. As soon as her father fell drunk in the living room she hurried to the kitchen and brought some bread, cheese and water alongside the covers and dry clothes she took
from her bothers closet, she then hurried to the stables. Jinna anxiously said, "Are you okay?" Kleve answered while shivering, "Yes, thank you, I know I'm troubling you. I'll leave at dawn; my powers should be back by then." "What brings you to these lands?" she asked. "Did you hear of the great Shiva Massacre? I was a citizen of that magic-city, the city was attacked by a huge number of skilled assassins who killed everyone, including my family. I was out of town at the time and came back to ruins, looks like I'm the sole survivor." His eyes had a tear that he wouldn't allow to fall; he wiped it out before it could even try to disobey his will. She was tearing up herself, but held herself together, she barely knows him! How can she just be affected with such a story! Yet after all these thoughts crossed her mind she could only believe in those sparkling blue eyes that showed nothing but the truth. She chose to believe. Even if her choice turned out to be a disaster nothing is more disastrous than the life she's having now with that kind of father. He finished eating in that silence looking at how she was deep in thought; he coughed and startled her into reality, "Why don't you leave too? Isn't this place too vulgar for an elegant girl like you? How do you live with a man who can kill you in a fit of anger?! Even if he's your father it's not acceptable." "But how do I leave my mother and sisters? That's impossible, if he finds out I ran away he'll kill them on a whim," she replied. An idea gleamed in his head as soon as she finished her sentence, "Why not tell a lie? You can tell him that a rich family from the neighboring city hired you as a maid, I
don't think he'd mind that, would he?" "You are a genius! But how do I convince him?" She said. "Leave that to me," he answered with smirk on his face.
The next morning he was completely up and running by the first ray of dawn, he packed his clothes and headed out quietly to the abandoned wind-mill in the outskirts of town, yesterday before they parted she told him how to get there and there he is. He took out a wand about thirty centimeters long, it had a beautiful Emerald at the top which raged and filled the air with colors each time he cast a spell. There, alone, with only wheat and flour in sight he did the magic. With a little flick of his wand the place turned upside down then with another flick it turned into a complete functioning house, it looked like those old houses in the movies with very warm pink, baby blue and very light yellow, he liked it simple and tidy and his magic obeyed.
He sat down to the disk in the corner and started writing a letter. Someone was at the door, the father shouted, "WON'T YOU GET THAT? HOW MANY TIMES DO THEY NEED TO KNOCK BEFORE YOU ANSWER! I HAVE SIX CHILDREN AND A WIFE FOR NOTHING," he said while heading to the door and opening it. "If I may bother you sir," said a man in a tailcoat black suit while holding his hat to his chest and bowing, he had short straight black hair that was combed carefully to the right side and black eyes as dark as the night in a forest. He continued, "This is a letter
sent by my master, Lord Cleveland from the neighboring town, it contains his approval to the hiring of Ms. Jinna Banks, your respected daughter; she passed the placement test brilliantly. My lord has a new mansion and is looking for staff, I; on the other hand, am the head butler of the new household and I recommended your daughter strongly to my lord. Please read through the contract conditions and reply as soon as tomorrow if possible." Mr. Banks was astounded and could barely say anything but, "Oh, well, let me ponder over it for now. Have a nice day."
Everyone was wondering why their father was taking so long at the door and started gathering to see the nice looking man in a suit. Jinna arrived late though, she got there at the moment where he was bowing to leave, nothing in him looked like the man from yesterday; completely different yet she knew it was Kleve, she could feel it.
As he was turning to leave he noticed the people piling up in the hallway behind the father and gave them another bow throwing a wink at Jinna while doing so. He took off in a black carriage with golden linings and seats and disappeared in the distance.
"JINNAAAAAAAAA! FOLLOW ME!" Her father shouted. She followed him into the inner room with her head down thinking "I'm going to get killed" over and over again. He read the letter out loud:
Dear Mr. Banks,
I'm writing this letter to inform you of your daughter's acceptance into our humble household as a full time working maid. Your respected daughter applied to our placement test and showed excellent results. I certainly hope you would kindly approve of her working at my mansion in The City of Hainz. Our job offer provides the following benefits: First: Accommodation is already set inside the mansion, a fully prepared room in the maids' section. Second: A pay of 200 lilis a month alongside bonuses for extra hard work. Third: Transportation fees are covered for home visits once a month. Fourth: 3 meals a day are provided for all staff. Fifth: The work included in a maid's job is the following: â€Śâ€Ś.. Sincerely, Lord Cleveland
He finishes the letter, looks up and says, "When did you apply for that? How did you get accepted? Now you dare do things behind my back?" She tried to defend herself, "I'm sorry I thought I'd give you one less mouth to feed andâ€Ś" He interrupted her, "you did well, get ready to leave tomorrow morning with the reply, one less mouth to feed is the best gift you can offer the man who brought you to this world, send me the payment as soon as you get it, there is no need for you to have all that money."
Of course she didn't know what Kleve was thinking when he said the payment will be 200 lilis, where are they supposed to get that much money every month!!
As expected, Kleve was waiting in the abandoned wind-mill. She arrived with her small bag and the reply. They looked at each other for a moment then at the letter and cracked up in laughter, they laughed for so long it seemed like forever. After finally calming down they sat down to the kitchen table to plan their journey and have a cup of tea. She couldn't believe she's eloping with a man she just met two days ago, and he couldn't believe he's taking away an assassin's daughter! They cared no more about what will happen if they get caught, more like, pretended not to care. Over "the warm tea she asked, "What kind of magic can you do?" "Hmm.." he thought for a bit to sum it up and said, "well, my family has always been good with shape shifting and disguise, housework, making clothes and furniture,
cooking, we never needed the spells used in battle, only soldiers had to learn those. We had a peaceful life in Shiva, until weird rumors of how dangerous wizards and witches started to spread around, people started to fear us and little by little even trade between Shiva and other cities stopped." " Are you telling me you're completely defenseless right now?" She said looking into his eyes with worry. "No no no, of course not! When I went back to the ruins of Shiva I paid a visit to our house's basement where my granddad's study used to be, he kept all kinds of books so I grabbed the ones which could help me learn more useful battle spells, plus, I've been travelling all kinds of lands for six months, I at least have the fundamental skills of survival," he answered. She sighed in relief and said, "This is going to be a lo~~~ng journey." "Speaking of journeys, I found something weird in one of my father's books, it looked like an old legend," he said. "What kind of legend?" "wait a momentâ€Ś" He goes through his luggage and gets a book out, a very old book with a cover of clouds moving and changing seasons, at a moment it's a clear sky with white beautiful clouds and at another it gets black and rains like it never rained before. Amidst her amazement she said, "THAT certainly is a magical book!" "Yes, it is. You'll be even more surprised with what's insideâ€Ś" He opens it and the book flips over to the middle pages, it stops on page 123 where it starts off with:
A place where no human soul laid an eye, where pure was
because guarded Y
filth by F
either. magic. I
They were reading and wondering if all of this is true, calculating the possibilities and the pros and cons. They had nothing much to lose anyway at this point. They looked into each other's eyes as if saying, "Let's do it!" They started off with the first step to reach those lands, they have a month to learn the way up and come back to pick up her sisters and mother before her father starts demanding the money. The only hint the book gave them said: Get
your lousy feet into the water of the fairies.
Fairies were legendary creatures at the time; after being hunted down for their beautiful wings about 400 years ago no one sighted a single one. Despite all that, there was a rumor, more like a story told by grandmothers to their grandchildren which said that fairies are hiding in a waterfall where no one that went ever returned. "I remember grandma telling me something like this when I was young, something about the fairies waterfall hiding between two great mountains in the South," Jinna mentioned. "The south? Two mountains? I think I know where we should be heading," he said with a smile, "that's close to Shiva's Eastern forest, there, lays two mountains which we call Binoro."
They finalized the details of their plan and went to sleep early to have an early start of the day. In the market place they gathered whatever money they had and bought weapons and food for the journey; Jinna got herself an easy to hide knife and Kleve went all out and bought a sword, even though he has magic, no one knows what could happen and holding swords was very common amongst men, it displayed power and courage. Travelling all the way from the North, it took them about six days to reach the Middle Lands, it was very tough for Jinna who never lift the borders of Tinzo but she could bear with it for the sake of this unexpected adventure. They would put on the disguise of a middle aged newly married couple on a honeymoon whenever they entered a town, they would take some odd jobs to have a night at an inn or get a meal, sometimes they would get little money and save it for her father in case their plan fails. They travelled mostly in an old magical wooden carriage but Kleve couldn't keep the magic for more than nine hours straight so they would continue on foot until it's too dark to go on, he gets the magical tent and they spend the night in the middle of nowhere when no city or town is in sight. In the Middle Lands they met a lovely old lady running a small inn, she was as nice as to give them the night and a meal for free, and in the evening she sat down into their table in the dining room and chatted a bit. Amidst all the stories, adventure, rumors and questions she asked, "So you are going to the south? There is nothing but ruins there where exactly do you intend to go?" "We are heading towards the Eastern Forest, they say it has all kinds of magical fruits so we thought we could make that our new trade, as you see, we are very short on money and I have no particular skills but woodwork which gets us barely enough to eat," Kleve replied.
"Good luck with THAT then! If you heard about the magical fruits then you must have heard about the darker side of the forest, at the foot of the mountains, don't you dare go farther than you should or you won't come back. If you leave in the morning you'll be there in five days. I'll give you enough supplies to aid your trip." "Thank you, you are a very huge help," Jinna thanked her and they retired after dinner. The forest looked like a maze of green walls, the line where the blue sky and the forest met had a gorgeous turquoise color and the leaves on trees shined in the sunlight like nothing else existed, they danced to the breeze as if a piano was playing the nature's song, she never saw a forest so beautiful, the scent of magic came flying with the wind from within. In the far distance, behind the forest Binoro was visible, covered in snow. They took a deep breath and went in holding hands. It got darker with every step they took deeper into the forest. On their way they collected some of the good fruits that were in Kleve's Grandfather's books, one looked like a pear only it was red and sparkly, it was a healing fruit, "although not fast as to heal a fresh wound immediately it could at least stop the bleeding immediately," the book said. Another had a swirly shape like a sea shell, it had no specific color, you could find it in any color, this one was a speed fruit, it increases the speed of the person consuming it, and in the case wizards it increased their ability to cast a spell. They gathered a few of each, since they had to travel light, and moved on. About two hours of walking passed, and signs of life started to disappear, Animals became less and all kinds of sounds seemed to disappear until an arrow passed in front of Kleve's eyes and landed in the tree to his left. If he sneezed at the moment his head would've been that tree. They had their weapons ready and stood there expecting all kinds of monsters and murderers. Looking around wasn't enough to find the thing that attacked
them. "Who are you? Why are you in these lands?" A deep voice came as if from all directions. "We are looking for the fairies waterfall, we mean no harm," said Jinna not knowing where to look or who to talk to. "Ohâ€Ś is that so?" Said a child's voice from behind their backs. It was a tiny elf, half the size of Jinna with long pointed ears, white soft hair and bright green eyes, he was holding a bow and arrows on his back. "Sorry for that," the little elf said, "I'm an elf who used to live in Shiva, I escaped to the forest during the attack after my master got killed, they called me Stan back then but there's no one to call my name now." "Elves used to live amongst magicians in Shiva since they possessed some kind of magic, not very strong but they at least could teleport to places they visited before which made them great maids and butlers," Kleve explained. "That's right, I live here now though. I have a small tree house but sometimes scary creatures in human form from the deeper parts of the forest patrol the outer areas, I try to avoid them as much as possible but if I come in contact with them it's either kill or get killed," he barely finished saying that when a man attacked them with what looked like dark magic. They fought back, with the little experience they had in battle Stan took the role of the leader, two more men appeared, but as soon as they cast their first spell they'd turn into ugly creatures, they were black and slimy with no visible features but their mouths which they used to throw their dark magic. Every time Jinna tried to hit the one in front of her or cut a part of it, it didn't seem like she made any
difference, it looked pointless to even try, but before she could even give up she heard Stan shouting "HIT THE HEART! THE HEART!" And so she did. As for Kleve his magic seemed to weaken the creature and melt him down but when he heard Stan he directed his magic to the heart and killed it, once killed the creature turned into light, as small as the light coming from a fireflies butt, and then disappeared. When you look at Stan you would expect him to have a hard time facing such a large being with his small childish figure but no, he was there to help both of them in no time. In Stan's tree-house, Kleve did some magic to tidy the place up. They rested a bit and told the Elf their story. The lonely Elf wanted to join them since he also had no one and nowhere to go. He then shared the information he had about the deeper areas. He said he tried to get in more than once since he also heard about the fairies and discovered the shortest route with fewer guards but no matter how skilled he was he wouldn't take the risk of fighting five to six guards at once! They prepared themselves for the worst and headed out taking advantage of the night's cover since Stan knows the area very well. They moved slowly and swiftly, Kleve cast a spell of silence on their footsteps and hid their scents. Once they arrived to the foot of one of the mountains it was time to act fast, Jinna handed them the fruit of speed at the entrance of what looked like a tunnel that led deep into the mountain, but as far as Stan's information goes, this tunnel leads to the gates of the Fairies Waterfall in between the two mountains, they believed that and went in walking as fast and carefully as possible since now they have neither a tree nor a rock to hide behind. After a while they heard voices of people walking, Kleve turned off the light coming from his wand and had a look up ahead to see how many guards were there. There were seven guards in total, they lured two of them away from the rest by making a cat's sound, animals
wouldn't go that far, so naturally two guards had to go check and found three people waiting to kill them. It wasn't as hard as the first time for Kleve and Jinna. The rest were suspicious and followed. The fight broke out. Five on three was not a fair fight but the creatures didn't seem to have battle intelligence. They really didn't have battle intelligence but with pure luck two of them started to attack Jinna. Two attacked Stan and one went for Kleve, Kleve's attention was distracted with Jinna's situation and got a severe blow in the chest, it affected him badly, he started panting and it became hard to breath, but he held himself together and grabbed his sword tight to attack the monster in the heart. He to depend on his physical strength now since his magic depends on his body and his body is now severely hurt. Jinna had her hands full with the two and so was Stan. She avoided getting hit in fatal areas as much as possible but she also was badly hurt. As soon as Kleve arrived to help she grabbed her bag off of the floor while the monsters were distracted by the new enemy and got three healing fruits out, threw on towards Stan shouting "STAN! CATCH!", she then ate one and started distracting the monsters again to give Kleve time to eat it. The battle was quite fierce but they finally won after a while. They weren't expecting it to be easy but also not this hard. The were badly injured too, but they moved quickly towards the gate. No one knows what they'll find behind that door, it can be a land of magic and peace, a land full of these ugly creatures or simply nothing but "A low area between two mountains", the definition of 'Valley.' There was no keyhole or a handle, only a thick wooden gate with jewels covering it, all kinds of jewels: Red Garnets, Blue Aquas and Sapphires, Green Emeralds, Orange Topaz, Pearls, and all kinds of gemstones. Kleve did the Torch Spell to see better
when suddenly the place brightened up, everyone was startled until they realized that the light from Kleve's wand was being reflected by the gems. It was pretty but weird because they all reflected the light except for a single Diamond right in the middle, Jinna's curiosity made her touch the stone and it burst out in a blinding light, they had to protect their eyes with their hands, once the light died out they looked to see what happened and there floated a fairy, the size of a normal human. "Were fairies so big?" They wondered in their minds but she was too beautiful they couldn't utter a letter let alone a word or a sentence. She had dazzling long golden hair that floated on her bare shoulders like a river of sunshine, her eyes where somewhere between white and yellow, just like a cat's and her white wings emerged from her back, a feather or two would leave their home on her back when she moves them. She looked delightful to the eyes in that white long dress. "I am the gatekeeper. What business do you have here? It's been long since anyone managed to get this far," the fairy said in a sweet dreamy voice. "We are seeking your help, will you please listen to us? Please," begged Jinna. "You managed to hide it well but you smell like a filthy human, how can I trust one of your kind? The creature who hunted us down years ago to use our beautiful wings for fashion , are you telling me to help a human?" The fairy replied. "Please we have nowhere to go, my family is in danger, no one knows when they'll get killed on the hands of my merciless father and these guys here lost their home because of greedy humans too. PLEASE HELP US!" She cried in tears. "Shall you prove your intentions pure I will let you pass through the gate," the fairy responded.
"We will do anything," Kleve said. "What if I told you that only two of you get to pass through this gate? Who would it be?" The fairy asked. "It would be them," said all of them at once pointing at the other two. "Good enough. In you go. You three are the only ones to pass for a hundred years now!" They jumped in joy not able to express their happiness with anything other than laughter and tears. They got the passing mark on their hands, a magical tattoo that looks like a Diamond. The gate opened as soon as they stood in front of it. The light coming from the fairyland blinded them once again. Bit by bit their vision got clear, it was real; a huge waterfall flowing from one of the mountains into a huge river, "So that's where the Shiva river originates," Kleve thought, all kinds of flowers and roses covered the banks of the river in a blanket of colors and the waterfall had an eternal rainbow over it, it WAS a fairytale in there! Pixies and Fairies floated around peacefully. The Gatekeeper followed them in saying, "Now the problem lies in your family young lady. How are you going to get them here?" "I have a good idea but it has its risks," said Stan, "We can travel all the way to Tinzo undercover, then I can teleport between here and Tinzo once I know the place, it will be very risky since your father will probably be at home now that he's jobless but we can take advantage of Kleve's spells. Only problem is I can only teleport with one person at a time." "It surely is a huge risk. How much does it take for you to teleport such a huge distance?" Asked the Gatekeeper.
"It takes about five minutes back and forth," he answered. "I think that's our only choice," said Kleve. "Me too," said Jinna. "Me three," said Stan. "Wait!" cried the Gatekeeper, "Are you going to begin that kind of dangerous plan with those wounds?! Kleve can't even breathe properly!" They looked at themselves remembering the pain they are in. "Take a dip in the river and you shall be okay." Once Jinna put her feet in the water her wounds closed up and her bruises disappeared, the guys followed her and they were fine in no time. They took off towards Tinzo on the last words of the Gatekeeper, "I'll be waiting for you at the gate, come 'home' safe." They arrived to at the borders of Tinzo on the tenth day after they took off. In the windmill they once used as HQ, Kleve dressed Jinna beautifully and gave her a bag of clothes then sent her off to her house in a "Monthly Home Visit." Her father wasn't so pleased to see her in such good shape and immediately asked for the money, but the month wasn't over yet so she had her alibi ready. It was scary to stay there since her agenda wasn't quite innocent and her father could kill her if he found out, but she missed her little sisters and mother, her father was drunk as ever that night. He passed out around midnight, she told her mother what happened in a hurry and asked to prepare as come with nothing but important things, even clothes weren't necessary since they have Kleve. Her mother took along a photo she hid of her once kind husband smiling next to her, her two sons, and baby Jinna. She then dressed her daughters warmly and went out following Jinna. Jinna had the spell cast over her
footsteps but her family didn't, they had to grab into her while walking to pass the spell onto each other, they looked like they were playing a game when they walked outside in a queue, and what a dangerous game it was. The night streets of Tinzo barely had a soul roaming around. They went towards the windmill to get the plan done. Once they arrived Stan took the youngest girl immediately and took her to the Gatekeeper. It did take him five minutes to come back, he now has six people to teleport which equals about 30 minutes. He went on from the youngest to the oldest in order. Only if they knew that in those soulless streets a sole soul wandered and witnessed them eloping. That soul was her father's tavern friend, he recognized them and went to Mr. Banks' house, he banged the door for five minutes or so until one of the sons woke up from his drunken sleep. "What is it at this time?" the son asked. "WHERE IS YOUR FATHER? YOUR MOTHER ESCAPED WITH HER DAUGHTERS!" "He's sleeping on the couch I'll wake him up for yâ€Ś WHAT? WHO ESCAPED?" he realized. "YOUR MOTHER AND SISTERS!" "Which way did they go?" "Towards the abandoned windmill," the soul answered. The son hurried inside to wake the eldest son and his father. "THAT WOMAN DARES TO ESCAPE FROM ME!" Mr. Banks kept repeating the whole way towards the windmill. The three of them were ready for battle. Once they
arrived to the windmill only Jinna and Kleve were still there waiting for their turns, at that moment Stan came back and got scared when he landed in the face of Mr. Banks. "TAKE HER!" said Kleve to Stan. "NO I'M NOT GOING TO LEAVE YOU HERE TO FIGHT ALONE! NO NO STOP DRAGGING ME NOOOooooâ€Ś." And her voice disappeared into the distance. Kleve now had to face three barbarian wizard assassins alone. The eldest son's blood was boiling in anger more than the father, he attacked Kleve with a huge axe when Kleve used his magic to move the dining table between them; the eldest son tripped with the table, his balance was easily destroyed since he had such a huge build. The other son came running with his sword towards Kleve he tried to do a few spells but they all missed, "oh well, they are Wizard assassins after all," he thought and got his sword out. "IS THAT ALL YOU'VE GOT! MAN! HOW WEAK CAN YOU BE?" said the son, but since Kleve had a small build compared to these giants he got more speed, he used that to his advantage and tripped the second son with his foot, but then the father and the eldest son attacked him from two sides, the father's huge sword passed through his stomach but he managed to dodge the other two attacks. His injury was so bad his knees couldn't hold him anymore. Kleve fell to his knees and the three of them were attacking him at once when Stan appeared and protected him, he gave him the healing fruit, his bleeding stopped and he could think clearly again, they were fighting while trying to find the right moment to teleport. If they were touched while teleporting their bodies could arrive in pieces if arrive at all! They fought to exhaustion, and when they finally defeated the last one of them, Jinna's father, they teleported to the Gates.
Kleve opened his eyes slowly covering them with his hand because it was too bright, once he could see he looked around, Jinna was sleeping to the side of his bed. She woke up and said while yawning, "You up?" "What happened?" he asked. "You collapsed at the gate as soon as you arrived, both of you! Stan woke up yesterday. Your wound is completely healed, I used some of the river's water but it was a very bad wound so you might feel some pain said the fairy doctor." He looked at her with his sparkling eyes from the day they met as she talked about all kinds of things in this land. Now that everything is over he can finally hold her in his arms with no worries. "… Mom was so happy she started knitting sweaters for everyone can you believe tha… _he hugged her_ … t.h..tha..that" She had nothing more to wish for on this Earth, in this Life, even if her next life was a life of misery she would be happy, the happiness she's in now can't be compared to anything she ever felt. She hugged him back saying, "Should we go visit that old lady in the middle lands a newly wedded young couple?"
A STORY BY ESRA HAYMOOR